500-square-foot urban oasis
Baylor Chapman loves living and working in San Francisco’s Mission District. But at the end of the day, she wants a retreat
from the surrounding busy-ness, so she transformed her deck into a plant-filled outdoor room. “My garden softens some of the
urbanness of my neighborhood—it’s a little natural oasis off the street.” And the outfitted patio almost doubles the living
space of Baylor’s 800-square-foot loft, so she’s got even more room to cook, dine, and entertain. The overall look is artistically
eclectic and highly personal, as she acquired and then personalized much of her furniture and pots, which primarily came from
salvage yards, flea markets, friends, and even neighborhood streets.
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